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charvelj Avatar
8y, 6d agoPosted 8 years, 6 days ago
I have just accidently formatted my external harddrive and lost pretty much every bit of important date i have.

is there any tools out there that can recover ?
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8y, 6d agoPosted 8 years, 6 days ago
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#1
>I have just accidently formatted my external harddrive and lost pretty much every bit of important date i have.

Which is why always tell people an external hard drive is NOT a back up.

Data can be just as easily deleted off an external hard drive as any other drive.

If you want a true backup put the data on to CDs or DVDS.

To answer your question, you files may still be there.

I have never used one, but there are data recorvery tools out there, a search in Google or in download.com should find them.

Just dont try to put any more data on the hard drive or it may overwrite the files that are there.
#2
yeah ive downloaded some of the programs from the net but they dont seem overly reliable, i was hoping someone with past experience of this could shed some light in how the situation was resolved.
#3
I used RecoverNT several years ago. It can help with such situation. Not sure whether it still support your OS. By the way, which OS are you using?
#4
Pray tell me what there is to back up onto that cannot be overwitten, deleted or otherwise lost?
#5
i was using vista.
#6
Acturally, there are some software under vista, but not free.

EasyRecovery
Acronis Disk Director Suite
#7
Pluun
Pray tell me what there is to back up onto that cannot be overwitten, deleted or otherwise lost?


Well you can lose anything so no backup is totally safe.

If you backup to a CD or DVD (not a RW disk but an R disk) then the data cannot be deleted off it so that is as good as you are going to get.

I backup the same information to TWO different disks just in case one is lost or becomes corrupt for some reason.

If you wanted to be REALLY paranoid you could keep one disk at your own house and another at a friends or relatives house.

Of course you could get REALLY REALLY paranoid and put the disks in a fire proof safe as well.
#8
Pluun
Pray tell me what there is to back up onto that cannot be overwitten, deleted or otherwise lost?


Most companies have a backup process that protects against loss.

One company I worked for took a full backup to tape overnight (every night) and put the tape in a fireproof safe in the morning.

The tape from the PREVIOUS night was taken home by employee A and kept at home in a safe.

The next day the tape from the PREVIOUS night was taken home by employee B and kept at home in a safe.

This went on continuosly so they always had the latest backup in the safe at work, the day befores backup at one persons house, and the day before that at a different persons house.

The chance of losing all three tapes was extremely low, so the most you would ever have to go back to was the backup from 3 days ago.

A home user needs to make an appropriate judgement on the importance of their data.

Keeping the same data on 2 different hard disks is a start, so if one if accidently formatted (as happened in this case) or one crashes, you always have a copy on another hard disk.

A regular backup to DVD, perhaps once a week or so would ensure the data was never more than a week or two old if you lost everything.

Some companies provide online backup, where you can upload your data to a secure site online.

The amount of time you spend, and the amount of money you spend, depends on the importance of your data.
#9
if the OP had used the ext hdd as a "backup" it wouldn't be a problem!
#11
If its just certain files you want back (like word files), then restoration freeware program is quite good. If you are willing to pay, Easy Recovery Pro is one of the better ones.

This one aint bad from memory as well (free version):
http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/file_recovery/info.htm?language=1

Also worth trying is some of these (freeware)
http://www.freewr.com/system-utilities/backup-data-recovery.php
#12
How odd I came across this thread just after I had been reading about what sounds like a great freeware undelete utility: http://www.snapfiles.com/reviews/Restoration/restoration.html

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